Authorities in Tauranga, New Zealand have withdrawn murder-for-hire charges against AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd. The 60-year-old was initially charged this week with attempting to procure a murder of two men during September of this year. He was arrested after a raid on his home on Wednesday (Nov. 5). The decision to drop the charges was made by the Tauranga Crown solicitor after a meeting with Rudd's lawyer, Paul Mabey.
Mabey stated that the Crown solicitor withdrew the charge on the basis of insufficient evidence. Mabey also claimed that the New Zealand police originally made the charge without consulting the Crown solicitor.
Mabey told press,"Mr Rudd has suffered unnecessary and extremely damaging publicity as a result of widespread and sensational reporting of a very serious allegation, which on any basis was never justified."
Rudd still faces charges of threatening to kill and possession of cannabis and methamphetamine.
AC/DC responded to initial reports of Rudd's arrest with the following statement on Facebook: